Can You Really Get Away with Cheating the IRS?
People who ask this question might have to find out the hard way, but the professionals at Success Tax Relief, a tax relief firm in LaPorte, Texas, want to discourage you from doing that. Sometimes, it’s just best to learn from other people’s mistakes, especially when it comes to tax matters.
Many people often make up their own tax rules with some sort of distorted reasoning of why it’s OK to do whatever it is their trying to do with their money—which is usually keeping as much as possible.
Then they’re others who by not staying informed about their financial situation, found themselves answering to a judge about it. In these situations, a tax attorney is needed to help them answer this question thoroughly.
The IRS. They Want What They Want
Whether cheating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is intentional or not, they really don’t care! The IRS is just looking at the bottom line—and that bottom line might be missing a few dollars. Please believe that the IRS will find who is responsible for paying those missing dollars and there is no preferential treatment regarding who you are or your social status.
To prove it, Success Tax Relief has provided some examples of high profile taxpayers who have tried to get away with cheating the IRS in one way or another:
Teresa and Joe Giudice
Stars of the reality show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Teresa and Joe Giudice reportedly exaggerated their income when applying for loans before their TV show even aired. Then did the exact opposite when they filed for bankruptcy and lied about the amount they earned after the television show became a success. They were charged with bankruptcy and mail fraud along with other charges in a Newark Federal Court. Teresa got sentenced to prison. Joe was sentence to prison and a possible deportation to Italy.
Before Martha Stewart served prison time for insider trading in 2004, the wholesome happy homemaker owed the State of New York $220,000 in property taxes. She tried to fight it claiming that she didn’t spend enough time in the State of New York, but that didn’t matter. Apparently, her celebrity status was used against her when the judge reportedly claimed that one of her books clearly stated that she had property in East Hampton. Long story short, Stewart had to pay up.
Of course a Kardashian got caught up with tax woes! In this case it was Khloe. In the scheme of all things celebrity, Khloe reportedly only owed a tax lien of $18,000 in 2007–which might be 18 cents to her! Nonetheless, the IRS wanted it!
The award-winning filmmaker that brought you Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed and well—almost any other Leonardo DiCaprio movie owed a whopping $2.85 million in taxes in 2011. Whether he was just too busy to file, or didn’t care, Scorsese quickly paid his taxes avoiding any jail time.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. may be known for his superhero role as Iron Man saving the world, but he couldn’t save himself from the IRS in 2007! This superstar had a $495,229 2007 tax lien. But maybe he does have some super friends in high places because according to Daily News, the tax lien was removed.
Not everyone can be Robert Downey Jr! If you think you can get away with cheating the IRS, stop. Just stop! Call the professionals at Success Tax Relief so that we can guide you away from this type of thinking. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-877-825-1179 or contact us online.